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https://www.briansilber.com/files/2018/04/lossy-page1-1562px-U.S._Supreme_Court_building_Washington_D.C_LCCN2011631106.tif_-300x230.jpgA case of civil asset forfeiture involving a Hoosier’s seized Land Rover may end up on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket. If they agree to hear the case, it could transform the approach of law enforcement to civil asset forfeiture across the nation.

Civil asset forfeiture is the process where law enforcement can seize property suspected of being involved in a crime. It is legal in most states, and few states require a criminal conviction for the property to be seized. Proceeds from the profits of civil asset forfeiture are often used to fund law enforcement, leading to accusations of policing for profit. Continue reading

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Angle-Lopez-300x16917-year-old Angel Lopez was fatally struck by a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper while riding a bike in SW Miami-Dade.

The FHP trooper, who has been identified as Aliek Sierra, was driving west on Killian Parkway when he struck and killed the teen.

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Gary-Linder-226x300Gary Linder of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested by federal agents on April 4 after he allegedly attempted to groom an 11-year-old girl for sexual activity.

Linder, 27, is a TSA worker at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He is charged with transferring obscene materials to a minor and attempted production of child pornography. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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Tennessee_Highway_Patrol_vehicle-300x190A bill giving new protections for people involved in civil asset forfeiture has now passed both houses of the Tennessee legislature. If Governor Haslam signs it into law, it may become easier for people to regain property seized by law enforcement.

The bill passed the State Senate with unanimous support and was supported by both civil rights and libertarian groups. “This is a rare bill because you had the ACLU on one side and the Beacon Center on the other, and they both agreed on it,” said Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), who cosponsored the bill. Continue reading

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Wyman-Gresham-1-300x169Wyman Gresham of Broward, Florida faces felony charges after three teenage girls, aged 12, 13, and 15, made allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The girls are students at Lauderhill 6-12 Stem-Med Magnet School where Gresham was a teacher.

Gresham, 48, is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd and lascivious molestation.

The charges come after a Local 10 investigation revealed that Gresham allegedly had a history of sexual misconduct going back almost two decades, but the school district allowed him to keep his teaching position.

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